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Askold K.

Askold K.wrote a review of on September 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

TNF Summit L5 GTX Jacket is my Go-To Alpine/Mountaineering companion and work horse. I have used it all over the Cascades and Olympic Mountains in Washington. It's extremely durable, very light and very packable. I LOVE this GTX hard Shell. I feel that this jacket is misrepresented in the Backcountry "recommended use" description. For me, This jacket not a backcountry skiing/snowboarding jacket, but a nonsense Alpine/ Mountaineering shell. The cut on this jacket is exactly the way I love it - regular, and just enough to layer mid levels underneath. The huge chest pockets are the most practical features I've seen of any other jackets. Typically, I use Arc'teryx and Patagonia Alpine/ Mountaineering/Expedition Gortex shells, however from my experience this past year, The North Face Summit Series alpine climbing apparel lineup surpassed most other technical apparel makers . This TNF L5 Summit GTX shell rivals if not exceeds the products of the other two companies I've mentioned, finally bringing the power of "technical innovation" back into their Summit Series product line. Initially, I purchased the "NTF Black/Canary Yellow" jacket. After several trips into the Cascades, WA, I loved it so much that I then followed up and purchase the "Fiery Red" color, as well. After numerous years suffering on the alpine mountaineering apparel front, TNF has bounced back with the some of the best products on the market. I LOVE this jacket, and would recommend it to whomever is a mountaineer or alpinist. KEEP IT UP HORTH FACE!!!

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Askold K.wrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: 11.5 Medium

The Salomon X Alp MTN GTX Mountaineering Boot is excellent for fast and lite approaches. The boot is supportive, and protects your foot extremely well due to the rubber rand running along the boot. Although not vibram soles, the traction which is proprietary to Salomon working very well on scree, short snow fields. I purchased the black/asphalt boot color, and must stay that they look great!

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Askold K.wrote a review of on March 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Perfect hybrid shell for when operating in alpine condition and exerting energy (gathering heat) and wet conditions in the Pacific Northwest. A very technical piece that places soft shell (more breathable layer) where required most, and more protective hard shell on the shoulders and hoody. A very durable jacket made for outdoor adventure and alpine travel! It does not provide any insulation (other than protection from the elements - rain, wind,..etc) but sizing is spot-on allowing you to put layers underneath (unlike some Patagonia pieces that have a very slim cut and seem restrictive - obviously it's a preference call). I have four different Guide Hoody jackets (with difference colors) and consider it my most used piece in the winter, fall and spring while backpacking, and mountaineering in the great Pacific Northwest. LOVE IT!, but am very saddened that this jacket seems to be going away from the Patagonia collection.

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Askold K.wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

No boot has fit my feet better than this boot. It's amazing..I've trekked and backpacked using these boots in the Olympic and the Cascade Mountain ranges putting 8 - 10 miles daily carrying a 45lb backpack in relatively technical terrain with out any issues and hot spots. These boots are great in any terrain from woodland all the way up to much more technical scree filled terrain encountered at higher elevation. I've worn these boots all the way up to 7,000 feet in elevation in the summer and must say the they're winners. At higher altitudes one would need to switch to more of a mountaineering boot that can handle snow, ice and wetness for longer periods of item. LOVE the boots!!!

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Askold K.wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

5 5

The Troposphere shell is an outstanding shell for all seasons. The shell is great for regular day wear, protecting the user from heavy rain, to wearing it on the mountain as protection from snow and the elements. This jacket is hard shell (it is not insulated) and has more than enough room to fit insulation layers underneath the jacket. Also, if one ice climbs the shell is long enough to protect the mid section (since arms are often extended upward lifting the bottom of the jacket). I've used the shell in the Olympic and Cascade mountains of Washington state and LOVE it. The shell is light but durable, providing stretch throughout the jacket. This jacket also has excellent positioning of pockets. The two chest pockets are super user friendly, while those lower are still above the harness line. I recommend this jacket to any one who wants a technical, durable, stretchable light weight hard shell that looks great and useable for all seasons. This is a 5-star product!

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Askold K.wrote a review of on April 13, 2013

5 5

This softshell is a relatively warm insulated piece of mountain gear that looks stylish, providing enough stretch and body mapped insulation to the core of the body. The hood is helmet compatible, while the sleeves just right (not too tight or too loose). As with all Summit Series products, the quality levels are high. This jacket will serve well whether you're using it on the mountain or in town. LOVE it!

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